Robert Frank, Trolley, New Orleans, Silver Gelatin Print c. 1955
The style of Life Magazine and the legacy of the FSA are translated ironically in the work of Robert Frank. A Swiss photographer who traveled through the United states on a Guggenheim grant in the 1950s, Frank caught the discontent and the discomfort in the very symbols that Americans hold dear. His book The Americans had an introduction by Walker Evans but no American publisher for many years. It had to be published in Europe since it showed too much in its subtle and not so subtle compositions.